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Posts By Hans & Frank

THUNDERSTREAKS of the K.Lu/ Royal Netherlands Air Force (in active service)

November 3, 2017 |

In the mid fifties the KLu (Koninklijke Luchtmacht) acquired 180 Republic F-84F Thunderstreaks, registered P-101 to P-277 and P-298 to P-300. The majority of the Streaks depicted in this album are selected out of the range P-157 to P-300, being the last of the type in operational service, flying with both 314 and 315 squadrons from Eindhoven AB. The Streak entered service in 1955 and the last ones were phased out in 1970. Last departures to other air forces (see below) took place in 1971. Read More

KLu : Lockheed T-33

October 28, 2017 |

As a two-seat jet trainer the Lockheed T-33 – commonly known as ” T-Bird” – was developed from the F-80 Shooting Star jet fighter during the Fifties. Read More

Spotting at Eindhoven (NL)

October 27, 2017 |

Eindhoven was the city where the authors both grew up and became “real” aircraft-spotters at the nearby air base. They made many pictures there throughout the years often under difficult circumstances ! This gallery contains a selection of these “blood, sweat and tears”-pics taken at Eindhoven (NL). The Eindhoven based Thunderstreaks are not in this gallery, but all in one seperate album. Note that in the 60/70ties Eindhoven AB also had a Base-Flight with Lockheed T-33’s,Harvards etc. You will find some pictures of these aircraft in this gallery.

A few images taken in more recent years are incorporated as well. Eindhoven now houses the transport fleet of the RNethAF (pics are in gallery named “KLu aircraft”).

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Spotting Elsewhere

October 19, 2017 |

We keep on spotting airplanes ; these pictures have been made  “all over the globe ”  , most of them in more recent years !

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Hermeskeil Museum (Germany), August 1990 & July 2016

October 15, 2016 |

In 1990 Hans visited the German Hermeskeil Aviation Museum. His introduction to the gallery he created on this site was:

“In the sceneric hill country of the Hunsrück near Hermeskeil in Germany an interesting aircraft museum is located , owned by the Junior Family. Hans made some pictures there on August 21st , 1990.”

In July 2016 Frank visited the same place. His pictures show the differences between then and now:

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KLu : FOKKER F-27

September 4, 2016 | 1

Hundreds of airplanes having been sold worldwide , the F-27 was undoubtedly the most successful design of the Dutch Fokker aircraft factory and it was even built under license by Fairchild in the U.S.

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KLu : Lockheed TF-104G

July 6, 2016 |

The TF-104G was the fighter-trainer version of the well known Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. Read More

Bierset Airshow (Belgium), June 20 – 21, 1969

April 20, 2016 |

In June 1969 Hans and Frank visited the Internationale Vliegmeeting at Bierset AB, Belgium, home of the 42nd recce squadron; the open days & air show took place on two days , namely 20 and 21 June 1969 and among the many interesting aircraft to be seen there was a significant U.S.Navy delegation.

NOTE: This is an update of an earlier version of this gallery.

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Belgian Thunderstreaks: Period of Active Service

June 4, 2015 |

We have seen the Thunderstreaks of the Belgian Air Force very frequently, both in operational conditions , in storage and/or as museum-pieces.  This post deals with pictures of Thunderstreaks  in Belgian Air Force service, while they still were operational.

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F-84Fs of the Italian Air Force

June 2, 2015 |

In ITALY the Thunderstreaks equipped 8 air force squadrons: 5th at Rimini, 6th at Ghedi, 8th at Cervia, 36th at Goia del Colle, 50th at Piacenza and the 51st at Istrana. Some Streaks were kept in service till 1972 when the 50th squadron at Piacenza was re-equipped with the F-104S Starfighter.

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